http://forreligiousfreedom.com/articles ... ver-built/
While perhaps impossible to prove intent, extensive evidence suggested local governments likely discriminated against various other religious faiths as well during this time, including Muslims, Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, Buddhists, Quakers, Hare Krishna and other non-denominational faiths. Although minority religions represented less than 9% of the general population, over 68% of reported cases involving disputes over building construction involved minority and unclassified religions in one study.
Both Republican and Democratic Senators found the evidence compelling and argued for enacting RLUIPA to provide “broad protection of religious exercise” in the area of land use, requiring local governments to again weigh the value of their regulatory goals against the burden imposed on religious freedom. RLUIPA prohibited local governments from totally excluding one religion from an area or placing unreasonable limits on religious gatherings.
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